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Criminal Minds: Somebody's Watching

Dr. Reid falls for a Hollywood starlet at the center of a murder investigation. When people surrounding the successful television actress start dying, Gideon and Dr. Reid call in the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist with the case. As the team tracks down a stalker turned serial killer, Dr. Reid finds himself in danger as he grows closer to the actress in jeopardy.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 118
Airdate: Wednesday March 29th, 2006

Director: Paul Shapiro
Writer: Ed Napier

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Sat. 1) Mar 04, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Jul 05, 2007
NL (Veronica) Nov 22, 2009

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ian Anthony DaleIan Anthony Dale
As Detective Owen Kim
Recurring
Amber HeardAmber Heard
As Lila Archer
Peter JacobsonPeter Jacobson
As Michael Ryer
Katheryn WinnickKatheryn Winnick
As Maggie Lowe
Jason OliveJason Olive
As Parker Dunley
Melanie MayronMelanie Mayron
As Becka Doyle
Jackie GearyJackie Geary
As Pinky Robertson

Co-Guest Stars
Alejandro FurthAlejandro Furth
As Joseph Martinez
Recurring
Kate LuybenKate Luyben
As Natalie Ryan
Andrew St. JohnAndrew St. John
As Jeremy Collins
Harry YiHarry Yi
As Detective
Main Cast
Thomas Gibson (1)Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Shemar MooreShemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. CookA.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten VangsnessKirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Mandy PatinkinMandy Patinkin
As Jason Gideon
Lola GlaudiniLola Glaudini
As Elle Greenaway
Episode Notes
We learn the word 'victim' comes from the Latin word 'victima' which means sacrifice.

There are four types of assassins:

Type 1: political assassins like John Wilkes Booth (assassinated President Abraham Lincoln).

Type 2: egocentrics looking for simple recognition.

Type 3: psychopaths. Cold-blooded killers who leave far messier scenes.

Type 4: suffer from a major mental disorder and are frequently delusional.

In the United States, at any given time, there are over 200,000 people being stalked.



Episode Quotes
Reid: Gideon... there are people actually taking photographs of us from the next yard.
Detective Owen Kim: Welcome to L. A.

Reid: (to Lila) This model frequently concludes itself with one of two possibilities - either the stalker will kill himself or... he'll kill the object of his affection.

Reid: You should also probably change all your phone numbers.
Lila Archer: I'm unlisted.
Reid: Any time you call an 800 number or an 888 number, your phone number's put into a databank that's been sold to telemarketers. If someone gets your cellphone number, they can go online and research all your records.
Lila Archer: Hanging out with you can be really depressing!

(Lila laughs after pulling Reid into the swimming pool)
Reid: Yes, very funny. Laugh it up, Lila. Hilarious.

Reid: (trying to explain why he's soaking wet) I, uh... fell in.
Elle: Yeah and I'm sure there's plenty of photos of it.

Morgan: Hey, shut up with the "whoa"!

Garcia: (answering phone) Oracle of Quantico. Speak if you deign to hear truth.

Lila Archer: I wish, um... things had been... more normal... when we had met.
Reid: Lila... believe me when I say this - I've never known a normal day in my entire life!

Gideon: Bernard Shaw once said: "An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country."

Gideon: Diane Arbus once said: "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know."

Parker Dunley: (to Reid) Look at you, ohhh! Ohh, you look just the same! Ha ha! Look at you, dude, nothing changed! (to Gideon) Spencer was the only 12-year-old in our graduating class. Just the same!
Reid: Thanks.

Reid: Do I look twelve years old to you?
Gideon: Fourteen?

Pinky Robertson: (to Gideon) If I weren't a lesbian, I'd jump your bones. I've always had this thing for middle-aged men and you have these piercing, discerning eyes which remind me of my father who was a shrink and I'm like, "God, I am sooo hot."

Lila Archer: I'm Lila.
Reid: (stuttering) Hi, I'm, err, Doctor Spencer Re-Reid, you-you, um, I'm Spencer, you don't have to... call me Doctor.

Reid: We psychoanalyse crime scenes in order to gain a better understanding of the criminal who might have committed the crime.
Lila Archer: Psychoanalyse, huh? You doing that to me right now?
Reid: What? No. I'm not psychoanalysing you, I'm just...
Lila Archer: (laughing) I'm kidding.

Detective Owen Kim: In English?
Reid: That is English, actually. Uhh, we're discussing the verb tenses of...
Morgan: (cutting Reid off) Reid. Reid.
Gideon: Our stalker sounds like someone she knows.
Reid: Based on the tense of the verb.

Lila Archer: (taking Reid's Coke out of his hand) You don't mind sharing with me, do you?
Reid: No.
(Lila goes off to shoot her scene as Morgan enters near Reid)
Morgan: (imitating Lila) You don't mind sharing with me, do you?
Reid: Shut up.
(Reid walks off)
Morgan: Go get 'em, lover. Hahaha.

Lila Archer: Go get a suit in the house.
Reid: What?! No! I'm not gonna grab a suit! Are you kidding me?! No!
Lila Archer: Join me.
Reid: No, I'm not gonna join you!
Lila Archer: Why not?
Reid: You're being pursued by a psychotic killer who shoots people in the head!

(Reid is begging Lila to get out of the swimming pool)
Lila Archer: Really, Spence, you should live a little.
Reid: Live a little?! I've known you 48 hours, I feel like I've already aged ten years!
Lila Archer: Ohh, I can't be that bad.
Reid: Yes! No, you-you are that bad!

Morgan: (laughing) Night, Hollywooood!
Reid: Come on, man.
Morgan: You know, Reid. You're lucky they didn't get a shot of you next to the pool trying to dry your gun - you looked like a wet rat.
(Reid shakes his head)
Morgan: Hey? I was playin'.

Reid: You know, she probably only liked me because I was there to protect her...
Morgan: Reid. You were her hero.
Reid: Yeah, I wanted to think that...
Morgan: Nonono, don't go selling yourself short, kid. You took down an armed subject without firing a shot. You saved her life. That's pretty much a hero in my book.

Morgan: There's some things you can't control even with that big ol' brain of yours. No harm, no foul. Let it go.
Reid: Hey, Morgan? Has there ever been a girl that you wanted to be with for more than, you know, just one night?
Morgan: Excuse me?
Reid: I-I-I've never seen you... with the same girl twice.
Morgan: Wha', you calling me a dog?



Cultural References
JJ: The media's calling Natalie Ryan's murder the biggest celebrity homicide since Sharon Tate.

Sharon Tate was an American actress who included among her film credits the 1967 film Valley Of The Dolls. However, she unfortunately became better known after her brutal murder on August 9, 1969, at the hands of The Family, lead by Charles Manson.

Elle: Our unsub is having a fantasy love affair with Lila Archer the way John Hinckley did with Jodie Foster.

John Hinckley also attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He is currently confined to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Reid: In the case of John Robert Bardo and actress Rebecca Schaeffer took a role where she had to have a sexual relationship with another character - it was enough to force him to snap and seek her out to kill her.

John Robert Bardo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer.



Warning: Criminal Minds season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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